I instruct on piano and strings to all ages as it is my specialty. However I am also trained to teach beginner woodwinds: clarinet, recorder, and flute. I also teach music theory, aural training using solfege, and dictation.
I like to be very transparent with my availability. This can be seen on the schedule page. Please note my availability is subject to change (due to appointments, illness, etc.), and will not be updated on this website, but I will never book anything over existing students unless it is necessary and noted in advance. Please feel free to contact me!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your rate?
My rate for classes is $80 per hour. I am fairly flexible with tuition payments, but I would ask parents / students to pay towards each month's tuition (i.e. 4 lessons in July paid in June). If there is any week you know your student will be absent, you can pay for just the number of lessons expected that month.
For those interested in a trial session, I only charge $30 for a half hour session, which is flexible depending on the number of instruments. Please note that I typically hold trial lessons on Sundays, but can make exceptions based on availability.
How long are lessons?
I provide 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons, the hourly rate applied to each.
What is your cancellation policy?
My cancellation policy is 24 hours in advance. In emergencies, such as medical emergencies, illness or family emergencies, I understand as long as it is a few hours in advance. These will be honored in the next tuition month. If the class is missed, there is no refund.
I unfortunately do not give make-up lessons due to my availability, but please inquire as I occasionally get cancellations and may have a spot.
If you have any specific situations that do not fit this policy, please let me know ahead of time.
Do you provide in-home lessons and in-studio lessons?
I provide lessons in my studio located on a street off of Willow Grove Road in Westfield. For some students with specific requests, I will provide lessons in-home as long as they are within 10 minutes of travel from my home close to Tamaques park. I prefer to teach at my home studio as much as possible to give students more opportunities to take lessons. I am also unfortunately allergic to dogs and cats (although I do love animals!) so it is difficult for me to go into homes with pets. If you are close by, I highly recommend coming to my home studio (ask me for details and address) where I have an upright piano and all of my personal instruments.
Do you teach outside of Union County?
Yes, but additional fees would be applied according to location if you are looking for in-home lessons. If you are interested in this, please ask me for more information regarding the specific fee I charge. I am located in Westfield on the Scotch Plains border, and I have a home studio where students are welcome to have lessons.
Do you provide group lessons?
Due to the benefits of one-on-one instruction, I typically do not give group lessons. However, if this is a familial group lesson, it is a possibility. I would still strongly suggest individual lessons for each student, especially at a younger age. If students are interested in performing duets or small ensembles, these can be arranged on a case by case basis, just ask me for more information.
Can you teach brass/woodwind instruments?
Unfortunately, due to my small stature, I am not well suited to play most brass instruments. Like many of my colleagues, I am trained to teach but I cannot mirror for students. I also don't own any brass instruments, which is the main reason why I don't teach them. I know many other brass instrumental teachers if you need any help in finding the right fit! I do teach flute and clarinet in specific cases, but currently do not own either. I do teach recorder and own many. Please reach out if you have any further questions.